Review: Le Couvent Des Minimes - Baume Du Sourire Smile Lip Balm (Pear Aroma)17:13
This French title is a mouthful. I know I can't reed this properly, so let me explain what I'll be reviewing. It's a lip balm from this Le Couvent Des Minimes brand, which I researched a little and like the philosophy behind their brand. They offer simple skin care products and don't over promise. The ingredients are supposed to be natural and only those that are necessary. I also like their tradition, since the brand has started out of a little French village, where monks had their convent and the place was surrounded with beneficial plants. That's why this cute vintage design of their product and staying true to the original recipes.
I got his lip balm from my fellow blogger and friend Sabina. We saw it in the store, tried and were both obsessed with how good it felt on the lips. I also immediately loved the smell. So she got it for me for my birthday :).
This Smile Lip Balm can be used as a daily treatment to soften and supple lips or as an intensive treatment to repair damaged and chapped lips.
He're is the ingredients list.
The balm is very liquid, gel like, more as a lip gloss than a balm. It's very greasy and it definitely leaves your lips shiny but not as much as Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream. What I really like is that it spreads over the lips very easily, it's very moisturizing and yet not sticky at all. On the lips it just feels very smooth. It's definitely not a lip balm in a proper meaning, it's more of a lip caring lip gloss in my opinion. It's not completely transparent, because it has some slight white to it, but it looks transparent on the lips. The thing that I really like is the fact that it feels moisturizing and stays on for a pretty long time. It smells a-m-a-z-i-n-g. Now, I was never a fan of pear smells, but this one is just amazing. A true sweet pear. Every time I wear it, I want to eat it :). Talking about tastes, it doesn't taste bad at all. Kind of sweet. You can also get it with orange blossom or mint aroma.
The packaging is a tube. The product you can squeeze out and it's pretty practical. The only problem being, that if you don't use it for a while, once you squeeze it out, out comes only liquid and not gel. I think that's due to the fact that the texture may separate if you don't use it for a while.
It contains 15 ml and I'm not sure how much it costs, I think it's around 8 €. You need very little of it, so I think it will last me a long time.
If you want a moisturizing like lip gloss treatment for your lips and are crazy about nice smelling, non-sticky products, than this is for you. I highly recommend just trying it in the store, if you find it and you probably won't be able to resist it.
Now, I have to mention this pretty cool hand peeling that Sabina made for me. Yes girl, I'm calling you out! I wanted to get a recipe, but she was a bit mysterious, so I hope she'll need to share it with all of us, including me. I think it includes olive oil, sugar and cocoa powder. Smells divine and feels divine, even on my dry and cracked hands. And how cute is the gift wrap? :) I need the right measurements to recreate it once I use it up. Why I like it? Because when I'm using it, I crave hot cocoa and the olive oil is so subtle that you can only feel it in the end, nothing too greasy. The formula also develops through the time. You apply it and it's more as a peeling and than it starts to become more and more balmy. I love it. Share it Sabina! :P